Tuscaloosa man sentenced to life in blind aunt’s death

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – A Tuscaloosa man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2012 stabbing death of his blind aunt.

The Tuscaloosa News reports 37-year-old Kevin Demar Stines avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty Monday in the death of 55-year-old Gloria Martin.

Authorities have said Stines stabbed Martin in her chest before stealing cash and a rental car from her house in January of 2012.

Martin’s relatives have said Stines was released from prison on a robbery charge months before the stabbing, and Martin – who visited Stines in prison and sent him money – let him live with her after he was released.

Stines will not be eligible for parole.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News

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